The World of International Organizations Explained

No school for 3.7 million refugee children

Lebanese teacher Nathalie Jaber helps a Syrian student at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (ARÊTE/U.K. DFID)

More than half of the world’s 7.1 million school-age refugee children fail to receive a basic education due to host nations’ lack of money, classrooms, teachers and other resources, the U.N. refugee agency reported on Friday.

CITES tightens global wildlife trade rules

Giraffes in the savanna of southern Africa (ARÊTE/Andréas L.P. Astier)

Delegates to a 183-nation treaty for protecting endangered plants and animals ended a major summit on Wednesday after revising international trade rules for dozens of species ranging from African giraffes and elephants to mako sharks and Tokay geckos.

G-7 allies in turmoil over trade and climate

G-7 leaders meet over dinner at the lighthouse in Biarritz, France (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies wrapped up a three-day summit on Monday with little progress in resolving tensions over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies, a troubled world economy, the climate crisis and fraying Iranian nuclear deal.

WHO urges more study of microplastics

An old plastic mug floats in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize (ARÊTE/Heath Alseike)

Tiny plastic particles are “everywhere” in nature, including drinking water, posing a problem that urgently requires further study despite no proof yet of a threat to human health, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Europeans probe Facebook cryptocurrency

A photo illustration of Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency (ARÊTE/Christoph Scholz)

The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into “potential anti-competitive behavior” related to Facebook’s Libra Association create to oversee its cryptocurrency project, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

World leaders urged to adopt ocean treaty

Plastic debris washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean (ARÊTE/Kevin Krejci)

The United Nations leaned on star power to launch a renewed push on Monday for a legally binding global treaty in 2020 that would promote conservation and sustainable uses of high seas covering almost half the planet.

New accord to protect defenders of nature

A march for the environment and climate action in Melbourne, Australia (ARÊTE/John Englart)

Two United Nations agencies teamed up on Friday by adopting a new agreement to increase protections around the world for environmental advocates and their families whose actions have put them at risk of retaliation and violence.

UNSC takes up Kashmir after half-century

Indian Army troops in Pahalgam, among the Indian-administered portions of Jammu and Kashmi (ARÊTE/Bombman)

The United Nations Security Council met to formally discuss Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the first time in almost a half-century, signaling the intense stakes as protests and clashes with police intensified.

Winnie Byanyima named to lead UNAIDS

Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (ARÊTE/OXFAM International)

Winnie Byanyima, a humanitarian activist who heads Oxfam International, was appointed on Wednesday to serve as executive director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

Statues of refugees outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on Monday examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement of their bedrock international humanitarian laws.

The world of international organizations explained.

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